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"violent" in British English

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violentadjective

uk   us   /ˈvaɪə.lənt/
  • violent adjective (CAUSING HURT)

B2 using ​force to ​hurt or ​attack: He ​yells a lot but I don't ​think he's ​ever been ​physically violent towards her.B2 used to ​describe a ​situation or ​event in which ​people are ​hurt or ​killed: a violent ​crime There was a violent ​clash/​confrontation between ​rivalsupporters after the ​match. The more violent ​scenes in the ​film were ​cut when it was ​shown on ​television. Her ​family is still ​trying to come to ​terms with her violent death (= ​deathcausedsuddenly and ​unexpectedly by the use of ​physicalforce, ​especiallymurder).

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  • violent adjective (STRONG)

C2 sudden and ​powerful: He has a violent ​temper. violent ​thunderstorms The ​speakerlaunched into a violent ​attack on (= ​spokeforcefully against) the president's ​policies. [before noun] A violent ​colour is ​extremely or ​unpleasantlybright: She was ​wearing a violent ​pinksweater and ​orangetrousers.
(Definition of violent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"violent" in American English

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violentadjective

 us   /ˈvɑɪ·ə·lənt/
using or ​involvingforce to ​hurt or ​attack: violent ​crime The ​police are ​concerned about the ​possibility of violent ​behavior at the ​demonstration. A violent ​death is one that is caused ​suddenly and unexpectedly by the use of ​physicalforce, esp. ​murder. Violent can ​mean very ​strong: a violent ​explosion A violent ​person or ​attitude is one that ​expressesgreatanger.
(Definition of violent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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